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June Issue of Natural Alternatives
May 31, 2010
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IN THIS ISSUE:
1) ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS
2) ALOE VERA – FOR HEALTH, BEAUTY, WEIGHT LOSS...
3) 10 HOMEMADE ORGANIC PESTICIDES
1) ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS
Avoiding several common foods and drinks in your daily diet can lessen the chances of developing osteoporosis as well as decrease further bone damage. The following foods and beverages either leach calcium from your bones directly or cause the body to excrete calcium. When the latter happens, the body removes calcium from the bones to stabilize the amount in the Blood.
Colas and root beer drinks tend to be high in phosphates, which pulls calcium from the bones. Alcohol can cause calcium loss. Eating a diet with a lot of animal protein, salt, or sugar leads to calcium excretion from the body. Other foods high in oxalic acid such as almonds, asparagus, cashews, rhubarb, and spinach decrease the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Some otherwise healthy foods like citrus and tomatoes can interfere with the absorption of calcium. Baked goods made with yeast, often high in phosphorous, compete with calcium intake. Try to avoid or limit all of these items in your diet.
Instead of the above foods, focus on vegetables, lean meats, fruits high in flavonoids like blueberries, blackberries, and other red, yellow, and green fruits. Some vegetables with more calcium than others include the dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, kale, and turnip greens. Add sulfur, also needed for strong bones, to your diet with garlic and onions. The single best food category for calcium is dairy products. With some small variations among brands and without added fortification, the following items contain the highest amounts of calcium:
· 1 cup non-fat yoghurt = 56 percent RDA · 1 cup low-fat yoghurt = 52 percent RDA · 8 oz. skim milk = 44 percent RDA · 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese= 42 percent RDA · 1 cup low-fat fruit-flavored yoghurt = 39 percent RDA · 8 oz. low fat, 1 percent milk = 38 percent RDA · 1 oz. servings of most cheese varieties contain between 25 and 35 percent RDA
Some herbal supplements can help with osteoporosis because of their estrogenic effect. If you have concerns about estrogen (female) or androgen (male) hormones because of diseases like breast, uterine, or prostate cancer, discuss these with a doctor before using. These herbs include black cohosh, dong quai, fennel, hawthorn, horsetail, licorice, and parsley. Caution: Do not take licorice for more than four to six weeks or at all if you have high blood pressure
Dr. Jacqueline Krohn, M.D. and Frances Taylor, M.A., in their book Finding the Right Treatment: Modern and Alternative Medicine (Hartley & Marks, 2002), recommend at least the following nutrients, each one divided into three doses with meals:
In addition, consider taking a multivitamin B supplement such as one of the 50-50-50 vitamin B preparations. This helps to reduce homocysteine, thought to contribute to the development of osteoporosis.
Exercise and Health
Use a combination of weight-bearing exercises for 20 to 30 minutes three times a week. Walking is one of the best ways to keep your bone mass. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recommends Tai Chi to maintain bone mineral density for postmenopausal women.
Include a thyroid function test in your annual physical because excessive thyroid hormone may lead to bone loss.
There aren’t many females that don’t take an interest in beauty products and for many they’re becoming increasingly aware of the use of ‘aloe vera’ in health and beauty products. But, for the layman, what is the fuss about and why is ‘aloe vera’ being used in so many products?
This small cactus-like looking plant is host to a gel-like substance that is abundant in nutrition rarely matched in nature. The gel can be applied directly to the skin in pure form, but not everyone has a plant at their disposal. Fortunately, many products that utilize the healing benefits of the plant are now available at retail markets.
This article focuses on some of the many health and beauty products on the market which utilize the medicinal benefits of the ‘aloe vera’. While you may sit and think; ‘is this just another sales scam?’- consider some of the facts about an amazing little plant.
Aloe Vera Is:
Abundant in vitamins, minerals and trace elements rarely matched in nature.
The product is 100% natural and is available without prescription. Several different tonics are available to meet the different needs of adults and children alike.
Nutrition Supplements Nutritional supplements come in many forms to provide a healthy addition to a balanced diet. Each of the aloe based products utilities the nutritional and digestive benefits of the aloe vera plant.
While some products concentrate on providing vitamins and minerals which are naturally abundant in aloe vera, others assist in calming the nervous system and activating hormones.
Other supplements help in the reduction of cholesterol levels and maintaining a healthy heart and good blood pressure.
The range of health supplements is broad, and each is specially created to meet the needs of specific ailments as well as providing basic healthy additions to a good diet plan.
Skin Care: While beauty is only ’skin-deep’ and real health comes from within, there are many skin products that work directly with the skin to maintain a healthy glow. Our skin is our first line of defense against pollutants that are abundant around us, and aloe based skin products aim directly at providing the skin with the necessary minerals, vitamins to combat harsh environmental effects. Aloe based products are also rich is fibroblasts. These specific cells assist the skin in the production of collagen and elastin fibers which are key components to maintaining plump, elastic and youthful skin.
Products can be used for general moisturizing to sun protection and after sun treatments. The range of skin crèmes is vast. Other skincare products utilize the anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera and can be massaged directly into effected areas to alleviate joint pain and relax muscles. All skin products utilize the natural healing qualities of the aloe vera plant.
Weight Loss & Management: Weight management is something most of us struggle with. While a healthy diet is the key component to maintaining good health, there are aloe based products that can assist in providing good nutritional supplements without loss of energy.
Weight loss supplements provide the necessary minerals, vitamins, proteins carbohydrates that are required as part of a healthy diet without flooding the body with refined sugars and too much fat.
Supplements to weight loss come in powder form which can easily be mixed into drinks, or as bar products that can be consumed conveniently without the need for additional packaging.
Personal Care (Deodorants): The aloe gel when stabilized can be used for personal hygiene. While other deodorants on the market block pores and prevent the release of hormones which has been directly linked with breast cancer, aloe based products work with body’s natural function while allowing people to ’smell good’ in a healthy way.
Other products There are many other ‘aloe based products’ on the market that utilize the natural healing qualities of an amazing little plant. While medication can provide remedies to some ailments, the great thing about ‘aloe vera’ is it naturally works to balance the function of the body. It has to be stressed that the success of aloe based products is maximized with a healthy dietary plan.
3) 10 HOMEMADE ORGANIC PESTICIDES
Ever wonder what farmers did hundreds of years ago to fight off crop pests? Long before the invention of harmful chemical pesticides (yes, the kind that is linked to cancerous cellular activity), farmers and householders came up with multiple remedies for removing insect infestations from their garden plants. The following list will offer some of our favorite, all-natural, inexpensive, organic methods for making bug-busting pesticides for your home garden.
To make your own neem oil spray, simply add 1/2 an ounce of high quality organic neem oil and ½ teaspoon of a mild organic liquid soap (I use Dr. Bronners Peppermint) to two quarts of warm water. Stir slowly. Add to a spray bottle and use immediately
2. Salt Spray
For treating plants infested with spider mites, mix 2 tablespoons of Himalayan Crystal Salt into one gallon of warm water and spray on infected areas.
Mix 10-30 ml of high-grade oil with one liter of water. Stir and add to spray bottle. This organic pesticide works well for dehydrating insects and their eggs.
This is another great organic pesticide that works well on ants. Simply, mix 10 drops of citrus essential oil with one teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 cup of warm water. Shake well and spray in the affected areas.
7. Onion and Garlic Spray
Mince one organic clove of garlic and one medium sized organic onion. Add to a quart of water. Wait one hour and then add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one tablespoon of liquid soap to the mix. This organic spray will hold its potency for one week if stored in the refrigerator
These flowers hold a powerful plant chemical component called pyrethrum. This substance invades the nervous system of insects rendering them immobile. You can make your own spray by boiling 100 grams of dried flowers into 1 liter of water. Boil dried flowers in water for twenty minutes. Strain, cool and place in a spray bottle. Can be stored for up to two months. You can also add some organic neem oil to enhance the effectiveness
Just as tobacco is not good for humans, tobacco spray was once a commonly used pesticide for killing pests, caterpillars and aphids. To make, simply take one cup of organic tobacco (preferably a brand that is organic and all-natural) and mix it in one gallon of water. Allow the mixture to set overnight. After 24-hours, the mix should have a light brown color. If it is very dark, add more water. This mix can be used on most plants, with the exception of those in the solanaceous family (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc.)
Grind two handfuls of dry chiles into a fine powder and mix with 1 cup of Diatomaceous earth. Add to 2 liters of water and let set overnight. Shake well before applying. If you have some easy recipes for making your own organic pesticides, we would love to hear them.
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